Election Predictions

For today's activity, my senior government classes are analyzing the electoral map, polling data from RealClearPolitics.com, and news articles from a variety of news sources to predict the outcome of the election. I thought it would be fun to post the results of their predictions here. Students divided up into groups to decide which direction each of the battleground states would go, and then reported back to the class. The class then voted to accept or reject their assessment. After each battleground state was decided on the map, all students were given the chance to challenge any state on the map, including the ones that had already been decided, by adding more information to their assessment.

Note: Students also have the opportunity to make their own map and submit their predictions. If they are accurate to each state when those results are certified, they will gain extra credit!

Period 3 Prediction Results

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Period 7 Prediction Results

This class managed to create a tie, and was unable to break it, so we discussed what happens in the incredibly unlikely chance that occurs.

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NYC in the 1930s

Here's another fantastic video journey through the past. This film comes from the 1930s, and large amounts of it are in color. You can see street scenes, architecture, firefighters and police preparing for their shifts, even some great footage aboard the Queen Mary, a British ocean liner. Look at all these old cars!

LA in the 1940's

Take a look at this film footage from a car driving around LA in the late 1940s. For atmosphere, I recommend listening to one of my playlists of top songs from the era while you watch. Lots that looks familiar, but a lot that looks very different from today.

First Day of School Information

Laptop on a desk.

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!

We are starting remote this year. Here are a couple of resources for you:

Log in to your first period Zoom class at 7:40 AM on Monday. We are following the bell schedule. Links to your Zoom classes should be posted on your class homepage in Canvas (that's where mine are).

Best of luck, and let's all do our best to work together to make the strangest school year yet into a success for each and every one of you.

Feel free to email me questions and concerns if you have them.